Have you heard of the Ross Sea? If not read on. It's also known as The Last Ocean, the most pristine ocean in the world today. That is, it was, until in 1996 a single fishing boat from New Zealand was sent down to check out the grounds as a location for fishing. With the discovery of the Antarctic Toothfish fleets of fishing boats from across the globe descended and began to destroy the last untouched ocean on our precious planet. Now that we are beginning to see the effects on the ecosystem can we convince enough people that it is worth saving?
I realised that I have been writing this blog for the past three months and ranting about various wildlife issues I haven't really set down WHY it means so much to me, and why I believe that one of the most important tasks ahead of the human race is to save and protect our wildlife.
Whilst I think it is fantastic that people have a fascination, love, and passion for wildlife I am continually battered by these animal lovers having an unquenchable desire to touch, hug and kiss animals that should be left to be wild.
This week, on the 20th August, we hit Earth Overshoot Day.
This is an approximate date which each year calculates the moment when we have used more natural resources than the planet can re-absorb/reproduce in a year. This means that from now until the end of the year we are using "borrowed" resources from the future.
During the past year I have met some truly remarkable people whilst volunteering and studying in Africa - people who have dedicated their lives to the welfare of animals, who live and breathe conservation and will fight to no end to stand up for what they believe in. Not least of all is my friend, Angie Goodie, who after a life-changing trip has become a dedicated activist fighting to raise awareness to the plight of the highly threatened rhinos.